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PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Connects your car's steering wheel audio controls to select aftermarket car stereos

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Overview

Our take on the PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

You want to install an aftermarket stereo in your vehicle, but you hate to give up the convenience of your factory steering wheel radio controls? No problem. PAC's SWI-RC adapter allows you to use the steering wheel audio controls in a wide variety of vehicles to command select radios from Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony.

Installation Note: Some newer vehicles require a special interface for this installation. Click here to see if you need an interface to install the SWI-RC adapter in your vehicle. If you see one, add it to your cart along with this adapter.

You want to install an aftermarket stereo in your vehicle, but you hate to give up the convenience of your factory steering wheel radio controls? No problem. PAC's SWI-RC adapter allows you to use the steering wheel audio controls in a wide variety of vehicles to command select radios from Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony.

Installation is straightforward — connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and your stereo, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls. The direct connection to the stereo eliminates the need for an infrared emitter, allowing the interface to function even in bright sunlight. Step-by-step LED confirmation makes programming easy. Once connected, the SWI-RC's failsafe memory will learn up to 12 stereo functions, retaining them even if battery power is interrupted. Dimensions: 2"W x 7/8"H x 2-7/8"D. Warranty: 1 year.

Important Note: On some vehicles, you may need a voltmeter to locate the correct wires to connect to the SWI-RC. If you have no car audio installation experience, you should consider professional installation. The SWI-RC works with most Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony stereos that have a wired remote control input port or a dedicated steering wheel input, but please call or email us to confirm compatibility with your radio.

Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to tap into one to three wires in your vehicle at the radio location to connect this interface. If you're using a PAC OEM integration adapter to connect your new car stereo to your vehicle, then it most likely will have a prewired connector for this PAC steering wheel audio control adapter. In these cases, no additional wiring in required. PAC does provide custom wiring instructions for all confirmed compatible vehicles on their website.

What's in the Box:

  • Steering wheel control interface module (with attached 9" blue/yellow wire and 34" cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
  • 24" Wiring harness
  • Packet of 8 resistors (includes 47 ohms/100 ohms/150 ohms/560 ohms/1000 ohms/1500 ohms/3900 ohms/5100 ohms)
  • 0.47uF Capacitor
  • Installation Instructions
  • 2 Vehicle Connector Charts
  • Bluetooth Commands note
  • "WORK LESS! note
  • Technical Support contact information

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PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(604 Reviews)

Good controls

Jason from Pensacola, FL on 7/10/2017

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does what it is supposed to....allows me to control the audio from my steering wheel in my 10 Crosstour.

Pros: Lets me retain steering wheel controls and easy to connect.

Cons: Slight delay when using steering wheel controls.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Dave from Wa on 6/26/2017

2006 Kia Sedona
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I admit I was in a hurry to install my CD player in my wife's minivan but when I started to figure out how to install this it was way over my head. This was my 1st install and it went well except for this. Maybe watch some oneline videos or something but the directions are horrible.

Pros: The bundled package was a good price

Cons: Good luck

Crutchfield response on 6/27/2017 Dave, we're sorry you had difficulty with your installation. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get your gear installed and working. Our customer support team has issued a refund.

Just like factory

Danny from Greeneville, TN on 6/18/2017

2006 Nissan 350Z
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good product . Works flawless . The installation instructions were concise and easily applied .

Pros: Great instructions

Cons: Mounting

Factory options still functional

Benjamin from Harrington , DE on 6/5/2017

2009 Nissan Sentra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as described, little challenging to install.

Pros: Allows use of steering controls with aftermarket radio

Cons: None

Love this adapter

Erick from White Plains, NY on 5/14/2017

2013 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product works great all features of my cars steering wheel work like if it came like this out of the factory

Pros: Works as it should and if programmed accordingly to instructions you should have no issues

Cons: None

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Jeremy from West Chester, OH on 5/7/2017

2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Giving it 2 stars since I had to send it back. When connecting to a 2001 intrigue, the directions I got directly from the site were for a 2002. Maybe that was a big deal. Not sure. But the pin out was different than what I was seeing. So I decided to skip it since it was only to be used for volume, program and seek.

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Anonymous from Lockport, NY on 4/24/2017

2007 Ford Edge
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A little confusing for first installation. Next one will be easy. Had to program several times to get SWC to function correctly but glad I did. It is so nice to be able to use SWC!

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Steering wheel buttons switch

Anonymous from Virginia on 4/19/2017

2006 Pontiac GTO
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to program and wire up small to fit in tight places.

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: None so far

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Anonymous from Merrick, ny on 4/8/2017

2001 Nissan Maxima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If I could give it 0 I would. Worked for a year once warranty was up it no longer worked and was messing up my system by cutting out the audio. Buy a diff brand!!

Pros: Worked for a year

Cons: Everything

Frustrating thing

Chris from Charleston, SC on 4/7/2017

2012 Nissan Sentra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Needs improvement. Just like others have said, instructions are unclear and on multiple sheets. Many wires are not used on the unit and factory lines have to be cut to add this( it doesn't tell you this, just have to figure it out eventually). Very hard to program because the system is a pain and the button is recessed so you'll need a pen or similar item to push it, while juggling the unit and the controls you need to push in the right order before it times out and you start over. Lots of trial and error. I have most of the functions working but not all of them.

Pros: Makes some of the steering wheel controls work

Cons: Not all of the original functions work. Crappy instructions. Have to look in 2 locations

Crutchfield response on 4/10/2017 Chris, we're sorry you're having issues with your adapter. If you need help, please just reach out to our tech support team. They can either help get the adapter working the way it should, or possibly return it for an exchange or refund.

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Dave from Denver, CO on 4/3/2017

2004 Land Rover Discovery
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Not easy to program, instructions from PAC were not very detailed (or completely accurate). A quick phone call with Crutchfield's excellent customer service helped though! I got it working for my volume, never was able to get track up and down to work. Would not purchase again, but I am happy enough with the unit now that its installed and working partially.

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Don't Bother

Jeff from Nags Head, NC on 3/30/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Don't bother. The instructions are terrible and conflicting. I gave up after multiple attempts to get this thing to work.

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Crutchfield response on 4/4/2017 Jeff, we're sorry you're having issues with your adapter. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Anonymous from Nashville, TN on 3/27/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It was a lot of work to put in, but I have done stuff like this before. Not that big of a deal for me. But once the unit was programmed (no issues there) it worked for about 3 minutes then stop. Double and triple check my connections, no issues. Seem to think that it does not like the blue tooth on the radio. still looking into this. Not happy with the product so far.

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Cons: will not work continuously

Crutchfield response on 3/29/2017 We're sorry you're having issues with your adapter. If the problem continues, or if you need some help, please just reach out to our tech support team. They can either help get the adapter working the way it should, or possibly return it for an exchange or refund.

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Anonymous from North Stonington, CT on 3/26/2017

2014 Nissan Pathfinder
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is perfect now I can still turn my volume up and change the station from the steering wheel!! That was my biggest drawback to changing out the factory stereo.

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Oh well

Kris from Glen Oaks, NY on 3/21/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Can't get it to work with my controls

Pros: None

Cons: Won't work

Crutchfield response on 3/22/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Kris to help her with the adapter. We'll either help her get it working the way it should, or help return it for an exchange or refund.

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Anonymous from Chandler on 3/20/2017

2016 Nissan Frontier SV
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I didnt use due to its complicated instructions and install.

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Crutchfield response on 3/21/2017 Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

Works, but frustration install

Jeff from Panama City, FL on 3/19/2017

2006 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this on a 2007 Ford Edge. I downloaded the specific instructions for the car. They were about a 80% solution. I had left over wires that the instructions did not mention. Called Crutchfield and they told me to ignore them. I did and it worked. One area I did not like was the requirement to "cut" two wires from the factory harness and then attach to the PAC SWI-RC harness directly. 20-20 hindsight a better solution would have been to splice into the wire harness. Cutting the wires made this a one way street.

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Cons: Required to cut factory wires on OEM harness

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Anonymous from Easley, SC on 3/14/2017

2016 Nissan Frontier S
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

have installed a few of these with no issues , but didn't work properly on my frontier, not saying it's a bad interface just didn't work on this vehicle

Pros: good instructions, easy to wire

Cons: wouldn't work properly on my nissan truck

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Anonymous from Washington, DC on 3/12/2017

2004 Nissan Maxima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Did not work well with my 04 Nissan Maxima

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Cons: Didn't work well with my 04 Nissan Maxima

What a great helper!

GEOVANNI from Pulaski, WI on 3/9/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I love this invention.Take control again of your steering wheel buttons after installing an aftermarket head unit with this clever device.Very easy to program and also has a nice selection of options that you can add if desired.

Pros: All

Cons: None

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Richardton, ND on 3/8/2017

2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this in a 2007 F250. The instructions are kind of extensive for what the product does in my opinion. They could have summed them up and made them a bit more clear. I did like the fact of being able to program the module to specific button functions, this took me a few tries however because if you don't do it exactly in the right order you have to start all over. Had a lot of wires that were not used in my install.

Pros: Once installed and programmed it works like a dream

Cons: Instructions are lengthy and could have been more clear. Also could have an easier way to program the button configuration

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Orlando, fl on 3/8/2017

2007 Honda Civic SI
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install. Alot of information online and in the installation guide. Great quality

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James from Lancaster NY on 3/8/2017

2008 Honda Ridgeline
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Poor instructions could not complete install, left off vehicle and made due without steering controls

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Cons: Poor instructions for installation Didn't use

Crutchfield response on 3/13/2017 James, we're sorry you ran into problems during your installation. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Trai from Canby, OR on 3/8/2017

2014 Kia Soul
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is by far the most complicated part of redoing my entire car, the wires that their website said were there, were not their at all. I actually didn't even install it i tried for 30 minutes to figure it out then just gave up.

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Crutchfield response on 3/13/2017 Trai, we're sorry you had problems during your installation. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Blue Springs, MO on 3/7/2017

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as expected with no isses. Easy installation and programming with full instructions.

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I have all the controls!! 2011 Subaru STi

Brandon from Seattle, WA on 3/6/2017

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Pretty easy to use! Don't forget 1 ground wire connects to the factory harness in the car, along with the info wires. Follow step by step instructions and it's a breeze! PACaudio.com has all the info you need also. Print out whatever car make and model you have for the easiest install!

Pros: Works like it should!

Cons: None

Instructions not great, but it does work

Brad from Indianapolis, IN on 3/5/2017

2006 Saturn VUE
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have mixed feelings about this product. I have installed many stereos, some with multiple amps and subs. The many confusing instructions made this very difficult to install. It took 2 calls to Crutchfield support to get this to work in my vehicle. Thankfully, their support was great and we got it to work. I was able to program it to work with my controls, and it does a great job. The instructions could use some clarification.

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Difficult at best

Mike from Clinton, TN on 3/5/2017

2012 Nissan Titan
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Still don't have it working

Pros: I hope it ends up working

Cons: Difficult instructions. I ended up not installing this after 2 hours of messing with it. When the weather warms up I'll try again

Installer did not know how to install it

Jerry from Phoenix, AZ on 3/4/2017

2007 Kia Sorento
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The installer at a local big box retailer did not know how to install it with the radio.

Pros: N/A

Cons: Make sure that you call around to other audio installation stores and ask them if they can install this before you order it.

Crutchfield response on 3/6/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Jerry to offer our help with the installation. We'll either help him get the adapter installed, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

Poor Install Instructions

Anonymous from Liberty Lake, WA on 3/2/2017

2004 Toyota Prius
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great so far. However the installation instructions could use updating to be more clear.

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Simple

Brian from Duluth, GA on 3/1/2017

2005 Lincoln Town Car
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Simple to use and works well.

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Jeremy from Pittsburgh, PA on 2/22/2017

2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked perfectly in my wife's 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara. One thing I love is that you program your steering wheel buttons independently into this controller. That means you can assign the button on the wheel any function regardless of what the button says. If you want volume up to answer the phone and volume down to hang it up, you can do that.

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Emilio from Antioch, CA on 2/19/2017

2006 Mazda MPV
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great. Installing is simple enough (if you can install a stereo, you can probably install this unit). It helps to grab a pencil and make notes on how to install on your specific application. There are many wires and instruction sheets that you won't need to use. On my application, the blue and yellow wire from this unit goes to the input control wire on my JVC (also blue and yellow).

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Does the job

Andrew from Georgetown, Texas on 2/15/2017

2010 Chevrolet Malibu
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Programming is always a pain and no dual functionality. Product works great though.

Pros: Works

Cons: Pain to program No dual function

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Montgomery, AL on 2/15/2017

2006 Honda Ridgeline
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very difficult to understand and hard to program. Thank you Crutchfield for being there for me when I needed help.

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Worked great, and an awesome price!

Anonymous from College Station, TX on 2/14/2017

2004 Mazda 3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So, this product worked like 5 stars, but the directions were a bit lacking. The ground wire actually had a split wired into it that was not mentioned, and the directions on the program were not very clear. I actually used the extra ground to make a ground connection on the new wiring harness to ground out an old OEM wire without having to cut into the OEM harness. It took about 15 minutes of trial and error and then I think I figured it out. Regardless, it ultimately works great. I'd buy it again, especially since I paid half as much another brand offered at another retailer.

Pros: Wiring allowed for a lot of flexibility and functionality

Cons: Directions need some work

Works perfect

Gregory from Chattanooga, TN on 2/14/2017

2016 Kia Forte
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I hooked this up in my 2016 Kia Forte and it is great. It is paired with a Pioneer AVH-X2800BS. It was very easy to install and program with the help of Crutchfield tech support.

Pros: Easy install Easy Programming

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Well worth 30 bucks

Everett from Saint Agatha Maine on 2/10/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I ordered this product to use with my Blaupunkt new jersey. First I called the company that makes the control adapter, they were not sure how to make it work with my radio. I called Crutchfield and they knew exactly what to do, which was to go into the New Jersey's menu and set it up there. Which worked right away.Friends are amazed I got an aftermarket radio to work with my steering wheel controls.

Pros: Works with my radio, price was low, small unit.

Cons: Directions were not completely clear to me.

Sorta works

Anonymous from Harker Heights, TX on 2/10/2017

2005 Nissan Xterra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Half works. Everything else programmed and functioned but it would not turn the radio on or off which is important to me. Reached out to PAC customer service and was told via email that turning the radio on or off isn't a supported function of the control adapter, so I'm not sure what function power is supposed to do based on PAC's understanding of what their product does. Requested clarification and heard nothing else back from PAC.

Pros: Bundled with other items so didn't have to pay full price.

Cons: Not all functions work, PAC tech support seems clueless.

Crutchfield response on 2/21/2017 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Works great

Eric from Denver, CO on 2/9/2017

2014 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'm conflicted on this review. On the plus side, this device seems to work perfectly and I'm glad it exists. I was able to get the steering wheel controls to do everything I wanted with the new radio I bought, which makes me very happy as I rely on them a lot. On the negative side, it was kind of a pain to install. Having said that, I don't know that there's much this manufacturer could have done about some of that. Perhaps instead of tapping into wires an adapter harness or something, but that could get unwieldy. But I think it suffers a bit from trying to be everything to everyone. The included instructions are huge, but it turns out you don't need much of them. I went to the website to get the instructions for my car, which is a nice feature and they're much smaller. But they're poorly written. I was very confused by them until I went to an online video website and saw a third party describing the process. At that point it turns out there aren't that many steps, and it's not too awful of physical install. But they could have been clearer initially about the subset of instructions that you'll need, that you can get rid of many of the wires (likely), etc. The simplified instructions for your vehicle online could have replaced ALL of the instructions with just a little bit more explanation behind them. The programming step was a little time consuming as you have to start over if you make a mistake. Plus, it wasn't clear what happens if you try to overload instructions to the sa

Pros: Works great!

Cons: Instructions and install process is a bit elaborate

Works perfectly

Mike from Versailles, KY on 2/6/2017

2005 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Steering wheel controls work perfectly.

Pros: Easy to use and works great

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Great product, weak instructions.

Anonymous from Watertown, WI on 2/2/2017

2006 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product alone gets 5 stars. It works exactly as it should. The instructions get zero stars. Do your self a favor, read the instructions to figure out what wires you need and a general idea of how it installs. Then call Crutchfield's technical support. That 10 minute phone call will save you piles of time and frustration. Also, be sure to test all controls thoroughly prior to putting everything back together. I programmed "presets" on my controls and tested it and the station changed. I hadn't yet programmed stations so I thought it was working. It was actually just "tuning". I had to program for "track" to get it to go through the presets, even though there was a function called "preset." If this is confusing you, imagine how I felt! At the end of the day, my steering wheel controls work how I hoped they would with an aftermarket radio, and that trumps having great instructions with a crappy product.

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Anonymous from San Diego, CA on 2/2/2017

2006 Honda Ridgeline
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A little buggy. I have my CH button on my steering wheel programmed to do preset, track, and hang up and answer calls. So when I press the up CH button it skips the track and also turns off shuffle which is weird. So I will need to reprogram for the 4th time and I will try to remove the preset function and see if that makes a difference. But it was pretty straight forward to hook up if you have the knowledge of installing stereo stuff. If you don't it will be a little tricky.

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Works great!

Derrick from Fort Worth, TX on 2/2/2017

2006 Honda Accord EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was a little apprehensive about this item during the installation, as it seemed much more complicated than the other steering wheel interface I had used a few years ago. But after watching a great YouTube video about installation, I got it working very quickly. It does everything it should do with no problems!

Pros: Does everything I need it to VERY easy programming!

Cons: Instructions are needlessly complicated SO MANY WIRES (you can remove some of the unnecessary ones)

Totally worth it

Nate from Lebanon, NH on 1/31/2017

2010 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Complicated: yes. Lots and lots of paperwork and instructions: yes. But worth it: of course. I found a video on YouTube about 10 minutes long walking you through how to set it up and it couldn't have been easier. Totally worth the money.

Pros: Not too expensive Can be used on almost any car

Cons: Time consuming Complicated, but simple

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Anonymous from Visalia, CA on 1/30/2017

2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fairly simlle to connect and program if your good with wiring. If not do not attempt.

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Raymond M from Fryburg, PA on 1/29/2017

2007 Pontiac Solstice
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Did not work.

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Crutchfield response on 1/31/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Raymond to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Kevin from Richmond, KY on 1/29/2017

2008 Honda CRV EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Clear and concise instructions. Works great!

Pros: Works great. Great instructions

Cons: Have to splice factory wiring

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Anonymous from Torrance, CA on 1/29/2017

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used it on my 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee and it works perfectly. There are no delays using the controls like I read on other blogs. The only problem was the programming, directions are incorrect and had to figure out on my own. You do not have to hold steering wheel control (SWC) buttons for 5 seconds. Press and release SWC buttons instantly and only press the reset on the PAC SWI-RC to skip functions not being used.

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Anonymous from Sapulpa, OK on 1/29/2017

2005 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installation was confusing at first, but the online instructions really helped. They could be a little more detailed but the product works great after you get it all installed.

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A little disappointed

Anonymous from Lake Jackson TX on 1/29/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installation is a little tricky, had to call tech support to get it partially working. Phone controls are not working.

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Kevin from Dahlonega, GA on 1/28/2017

2011 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Everything worked fine for me. Follow the customized instructions for your vehicle from the manufacturers website. Deciphering the included instructions is nearly impossible. Didn't really like having to cut into the OEM wiring to splice it in. Kind of makes it a permanent install instead of something that can be removed later. It would be nice if there were a wiring harness that would work with these things to eliminate splicing the factory wiring.

Pros: worked with no issues, online vehicle specific instructions

Cons: have to splice factory wiring. complicated instructions.

Kept some of my controls working

Brian from Vienna, VA on 1/27/2017

2013 Hyundai Elantra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Not the easiest item to install. My particular combination (2013 Hyundai Elantra and Pioneer AppRadio 4) required throwing a resistor into the mix. In the end, my undoing was not paying attention to which pin to connect the wires to. Thankfully, a quick phone call to Mike in tech support straightened me out and I was able to program it correctly and get my steering wheel controls back, albeit without the phone buttons. In other words, if you are going to get this, make sure you get it from Crutchfield, they're the best.

Pros: My steering wheel buttons aren't useless

Cons: Install can require extra connections Programming is not super intuitive Phone buttons still don't work

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Anonymous from Birmingham, AL on 1/26/2017

2009 Toyota Tacoma
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Very helpful instructions, easy enough instal ...works great!

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Anonymous from Coppell, TX on 1/25/2017

2003 Honda Accord EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installation was easy way my Sony radio in a 2003 accord

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Daunting directions

Andrew from Pennsylvania on 1/25/2017

2008 Mazda 5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'm not a professional installer, there was way more to do here than just "plug and play". Now, it was my fault for not reading the reviews or page of this product after adding it to my cart. I wanted my factory SWC to work and I knew Crutchfield wouldn't steer me wrong. So I bought this. Long story short, there's a bit of detective work to getting this wired properly. The instructions are not really clear and are rather daunting to get through in general. I was able to wire it mostly right, but it would't pair with my headunit. but it wasn't until I talked to a Crutchfield support person (thanks Cecil) that I learned I'd need to splice into the factory wire harness, which I had zero interest in doing and nothing to splice with! So, I left this out of my install and will just use the Pioneer remote to control my device. I rarely use the steering wheel buttons in my cars anyway. I'm undecided on whether to keep this device and try later, send it back or save it for the next owner if they want to deal with it. I have no desire at this point to pull the car apart again! In short, it might be a 5 star product, but the directions drop it to 3 stars.

Pros: I'm sure it's great if it works!

Cons: Daunting directions. If you're not comfortable with splicing, you might want a professional installer to do it.

Useful

Anonymous from MO on 1/24/2017

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Instructions not as clear as Crutchfield radio installation instructions. My car required an exception to the instructions provided, which was a pain.

Pros: Good flexibility

Cons: Not great instructions.

Works as described

Dave from Salt Lake City, UT on 1/23/2017

2003 Toyota Sequoia
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product is great. It works as promised. I had it professionally installed but all my steering wheel controls work.

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Anonymous from Apopka, FL on 1/23/2017

2006 Toyota Highlander
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For an amateur, this was a complicated installation. The wires from my Toyota harness did not coincide with the instructions. Needless to say, I could not get the steering wheel controls to work the radio. I will have to take to a professional to get it wired correctly.

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Crutchfield response on 1/25/2017 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working. We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Anonymous from Athens TN on 1/21/2017

2004 Chrysler 300M
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It fit my car perfect! Works great, I love it!

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Cool device

Stephen from Charlotte, NC on 1/19/2017

2006 Toyota Highlander
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Giving it a 3. Lots of video watching and instruction reading and I got it installed. The Steering wheel buttons registered with the adapter, but I couldn't pair with the radio. Don't know who's fault it is - me (the installer), the radio or the adapter. Would have been cool if it worked.

Pros: I couldn't get it to work, but I can't say it is the devices fault.

Cons: None.

Crutchfield response on 1/24/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Stephen to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

works. mostly.

miles from Lewis Center, OH on 1/19/2017

2007 Honda Civic SI
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works. Mostly. Nice to be able to still use the steering wheel controls to do stuff with an aftermarket head unit. This was probably the most complicated part of installing a new head unit though, which also included running a harness to the factory amp to bypass it (which included pulling the console out of the car). It wasn't that hard to program. I gave it 4 stars because the steering wheel controls' functionality isn't 100% there. There are only 4 buttons vol UP, vol DOWN, channel UP, channel DOWN. Volume buttons work fine. Channel buttons work fine to toggle between radio stations. But the channel buttons used to toggle between tracks on a CD, and that function isn't there anymore. So I did a lot of work (I probably spent 1.5-2 hours on just this part of the install between wiring it and reading the directions and reading the website and splicing the factory harness to make it work) to only regain 2 of 3 OEM functions. /shrug/

Pros: retained some steering wheel button functionality, which is convenient

Cons: Did not retain ALL steering wheel button functionality.

Much Easier Than Anticipated

Joel from Louisville, IL on 1/16/2017

2003 Mercury Grand Marquis
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

When I opened the package I saw a mass of wires. This is only the 2nd car stereo I've installed, and the last one was about 15 years ago. I was amazed to see that only one of the wires needed to be used. The programming of the remote buttons was easy, and everything worked perfectly! Some websites may scare you into thinking it's complicated to keep your steering wheel remote controls, but the PAC website gave step-by-step instructions that were clear and accurate.

Pros: Great instructions Works as advertised

Cons: None

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clyde from Arizona on 1/16/2017

2006 Honda Ridgeline

works well, took crutchfield tech to get it wired right.

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Anonymous from Santa Maria, CA on 1/16/2017

2008 Hyundai Sonata
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Pretty nice product. Additional capability on unit than what I am using. Program works well but have not figured out how to properly bypass unused steering wheel features (requires program in specific order). Nice to have option to use factory steering wheel controls.

Pros: Nice to keep steering wheel functions

Cons: A little bulky

Way too complicated install for the average user

Eric from Charlottesville, VA on 1/15/2017

2016 Hyundai Elantra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is an unnecessarily complicated install for the average consumer. I'm an IT manager with 20 years of experience taking things apart and putting them back together, and I struggled with this install. The instructions for the SWI-RC seem to have been translated through several languages before finally landing on English. Finding specific instructions for my vehicle (2016 Hyundai Elantra) required a visit to their website, and the provided instructions took several read throughs before I figured them out. Programming the device requires counting flashing LEDs, and pressing the buttons on your steering wheel in a precise order. Remarkably, on the second try of programming, I got it right, which felt kind of like dumb luck. There must be better options than this; but this is what Crutchfield recommended to me when I purchased my Sony XAV-AX100.

Pros: It works, except for one button.

Cons: Poor instructions not written originally in English; programming procedure requires three hands.

Yep it works.

Jonathan from Dothan, AL on 1/12/2017

2003 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I gave this 4 stars since it works perfectly, I'm not going to deny it though I had to spend some time to wrap my mind around how to wire it up. It wasn't that bad though just needed to read every detail well.

Pros: Can use the factory steering wheel controls

Cons: Little confusing installation

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Anonymous from Alamogordo, nm on 1/12/2017

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Horrible instructions. It tells me to go to the website then the website tells me to follow the instructions that came with the product. My steering wheel controls still do not work.

Pros: It is small and compact ro tuck under my dash area

Cons: Instructions are confusing and tells you to go to website and website tells you to follow instructions that came with the product

Crutchfield response on 1/17/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to this customer to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

Do you like a challenge?

Det from Doylestown, PA on 1/12/2017

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Do you want your steering wheel controls to work with your new head unit? Do you enjoy counting blinking lights? Are you dexterous enough to hold the device in one hand, turning the ignition to accessory with the other, and using your third hand to press in a button with a pen simultaneously? If you answered yes to these questions, this device is for you. PAC does provide useful instructions on their web site to take you through each step of the installation. You're not completely on your own... unless your vehicle happens to be a Subaru STI with OEM Kenwood Navigation, which incidentally, is my car. I got to put my electrical engineering degree to work on this project. PAC doesn't supply pin-outs for this car let alone step by step instructions. Crutchfield was able to send me some pics of where to connect it, but configuring this thing without step by step instructions was like solving a mystery. I did get it working with my SONY XAV-AX100 head unit. It was the most labor intensive aspect of the installation. While the I followed the PAC programming setup for SONY, the radio didn't respond to the VOLUME UP button -- the SWI-RC mapped it to something else. Fortunately, the SONY XAV-AX100 includes the ability to remap the buttons within the head unit. Problem solved. So, in the end it did work. If your car is listed accurately within the pac-audio web site, you will probably have an easier go of it, but there has to be bett

Pros: Least expensive option, If you can figure it out -- it works

Cons: For a consumer self-install, it's a big hill to climb, More expensive options aren't that much more expensive, Engineering degree is more useful than it should be

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Anonymous from Senatobia, MS on 1/10/2017

2006 Honda CRV EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works good. The amount of wires in this harness can be intimidating. But you only need about 3 of them. Take some time and read the papers, find what you need, then tape the rest back. Only took a few minutes to program after soldering everything into the radio harness.

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Anonymous from Plano, TX on 1/9/2017

1999 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was a technical challenge to get working right and needed to install the capacitor to get it working correctly. The manual programming took a couple of attempts to get it all in sequence and correct. Kept reading about others who bought the AXXESS one and how nice the auto programming feature was for the AXXCESS. Next time would spend the extra money to get that one instead of messing with the PAC.

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Anonymous from Sartell, MN on 1/9/2017

2003 Ford Thunderbird
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Didn't connect as easy as advertised. However tech support at crutchfield took the time and we got it to work

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Customize your steering wheel buttons

Carl from Lebanon, PA on 1/9/2017

2006 Honda Ridgeline
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I didn't realize when I bought it, but you can program the buttons on your steering wheel to do whatever you want. I changed my "mode button" to activate my voice control on my iPhone, instead of switching between sources. Awesome!

Pros: Customize you steering wheel buttons, Save your steering wheel control

Cons: Tricky to install

Great product

Allan from El paso tx on 1/9/2017

2012 Nissan 370Z
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product

Pros: Some hard to install

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Auburn, CA on 1/9/2017

2003 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is all I needed to use to make the steering wheel controls work with my new radio. The instructions were confusing and did not indicate to use the blue yellow stripe to connect to vehicle wiring, I thought it was going to be the 3.5mm plug. I did not verify the correct wire until I got to the trouble shooting chart. I also had problems as even though I set the selector correctly before I powered it the wrong selection was stored. I called and they helped me get it on the correct selection and it works great.

Pros: Works great

Cons: Wiring and default to factory instructions confusing to me. It never indicated to use the single wire rather than the 3 conductor plug for my vehicle.

Steering wheel control FTW!

Donovan from Lake Oswego, OR on 1/9/2017

2009 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

At first I was a little intimidated by all the wires spilling out of this steering wheel adapter. I actually installed my Kenwood deck and buttoned it all up without hooking up this adapter because I was afraid I would mess something up. After driving around for a few days touching my now phantom steering wheels buttons I decided to give it a go. PAC's website had very specific instructions that made the install fairly easy. I'm glad I didn't give up, now I have my steering wheel controls back!

Pros: Great online instructions. Fairly easy install. Controller works great.

Cons: Steering wheel control seems a little laggy, takes more than half a second from push to result on my deck. Wires seem a little long therefore a lot to button up after installation.

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Anonymous from Wentzville, MO on 1/5/2017

2007 Toyota Sienna
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Little scary at first but make sure you follow the directions downloaded for your specific setup and it is easy. Everything was clear except when you are to connect to the receiver. The directions just say to connect it. Well there are two ways to do it and i had to make an educated guess which worked. Otherwise every worked and the programming was easy. Thankfully there was enough room under my dash for all the wiring, adapters, etc.

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Magic Box!

AJ from Midlothian, VA on 1/4/2017

2004 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Came as part of the complete installation kit for a JVC unit and also wanted to keep 4Runner steering wheel controls functional. Seems like a cheesy little gizmo, but it works! Gets a little funky when programming it, but after a couple of tries everything was good.

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Anonymous from Los Angeles, CA on 1/4/2017

2006 Honda CRV LX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product worked on a 2006 Honda CR-V. Programming was finicky but to be expected from a universal controller. Wouldn't recommend tackling this if you're a novice installer. Take your time and everything will work as instructed. No surprises here. Excellent documentation PAC!

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It works well, but the installation instructions could be better

Anonymous from Charlotte, NC on 1/3/2017

2002 Lincoln LS
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adapter works, but the instructions for installation wasn't 100% accurate. The instructions for my vehicle specified a Black/White wire to look at in one of the factory harnesses, but it was actually orange. After figuring out the pin the instructions were referring to, it worked like a charm. Programming this device is simple, but it's absolutely critical that the instructions be followed since it talks about button order and it depends on what brand of head unit you have.

Pros: It works well for what you get.

Cons: Installation instructions could be improved a little. Nowhere near as good as the quality the Crutchfield MasterSheet provides, but then again they don't include information about third party remote adapters in their instruction sheets.

Read directions!

Anonymous from Bridgewater, VA on 1/3/2017

2007 Dodge Ram 1500

Easy to use!!!

Pros: easy to use, read directions carefully.

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joseph from Satellite Beach, FL on 1/1/2017

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had it professionally installed but it works flawlessly

Pros: Works great

Cons: None

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

David from Kennewick, WA on 1/1/2017

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I didnt want to give it a 1 star This thing is a nightmare i had tech support walk me through installing this it set my factory alarm system off it took me several phone calls 2 full days to get my car out of lock down mode it was a total waste of time and stress i disconnected it and finally got my car running they are refunding me for the product not worth the hassle to do all that work for a couple controls i recommend asking lots of questions before attempting to install one of these

Pros: None

Cons: It killed my car

Poor instructions

John from ME - Maine on 12/31/2016

2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Instructions are so poor I hooked up the stereo without without this product. I'll try again when I have more time to commit.

Pros: None yet

Cons: Poor instructions

Crutchfield response on 1/3/2017 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Paul from Bozeman, MT on 12/30/2016

2002 Lincoln LS
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

worked great

Pros: works like factory

Cons: should be a little more simple to program

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from San Diego, CA on 12/29/2016

2004 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Able to integrate the steering wheel controls to the new head unit. The unit itself works great, I just wish that the instructions were clearer (more detail).

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Works as designed

Gregory from Chapin, SC on 12/29/2016

2006 Pontiac G6
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Replaced a Monsoon factory radio in 2006 Pontiac G6 with Pioneer AVH-X5800BHS. After reading the detailed instructions for the installation of this device it took me a few tries to figure out the programming. After I got the hang of the programming I was able to get all of the steering wheel buttons to work.

Pros: Allows the use of factory steering wheel controls with aftermarket radio.

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Grant, MI on 12/29/2016

2006 Pontiac Torrent
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The steering wheel controls on my wife's 2006 Pontiac Torrent would not work.

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Crutchfield response on 1/2/2017 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter working properly! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Works well!

Ryan from Denton, TX on 12/28/2016

2013 Mazda MX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed on a 2013 Mazda Miata with a Pioneer head unit. Instructions directly from website are vehicle specific and detailed (Crutchfield links you to them). I can confirm you will have to splice into your stock wiring for this install. It was a better option (to me) than not having working steering wheel controls. Still somewhat annoying if you do want to quickly change back to stock. I would like to point out - in my case the "preset +/-" and the "Track +/-" are the same buttons. If you program them both on the Pioneer head unit the "Track +/-" will not work. I skipped the preset and programmed only the track function and it works exactly like stock for me. Not sure if this is how all aftermarket head units will perform or just Pioneer. I did not rate this the entire 5 stars due to the somewhat confusing nest of wires (mine only required 4 of 9), reprogramming to find the correct setting and splicing into factory wiring. However, I am very happy with the outcome if it did take a little longer than I thought it should.

Pros: Steering wheel controls work exactly like OEM.

Cons: Requires splicing into factory wiring. Programming "trial & error" to find the setting that works for you.

Think twice before purchasing an aftermarket stereo

Dion from Santa Cruz, CA on 12/28/2016

2004 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It shouldn't have to be this complicated. What are there? about a million Toyota stereos but there is no adapter plug for the steering wheel control? so I have to cut my factory harness, solder connections, install a resistor, and do some super complicated programming? I would've looked into a newer factory radio or some other solution that would've retained steering wheel controls if I'd have known how funky this thing was.

Pros: none

Cons: Poor instructions, splicing required, funky solution...

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Raymond from Fairmont, WV on 12/28/2016

2008 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just followed the enclosed instructions and it installed and connected perfectly. Easy to program and works great.

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Richard from Bunnell, FL on 12/28/2016

2011 Ford F-150 XLT
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product for keeping steering wheel controls

Pros: Keeps steering wheel controls

Cons: None

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Mac from Reno, NV on 12/28/2016

2006 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After reviewing the very detailed installation instructions, I fully expected this to take some time to install, and multiple attempts at programming. To my surprise, was simple to do, and worked perfectly the first time. This is a great product for the installation I had (2006 Toyota Tacoma). Would certainly recommend to anyone.

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Works Great

Chad from Bowling Green, KY on 12/28/2016

2007 Chevrolet Malibu
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The controls worked as required. Make sure you take the time to read the instructions and understand the programming steps. It's fairly easy once you understand. Also, make sure steering wheel control setting in your stereo do not have to be changed for this to work.

Pros: Ability to keep steering wheel controls. Fairly simple installation

Cons: Finding a place to stow the unit for future access.

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Anonymous from Oklahoma City, OK on 12/28/2016

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The instructions said to set the switch to position #8 but the radio wouldn't recognize the signal. After calling customer service I was told to try switch setting #7. This worked great. Good thing Crutchfield has great customer service or I would have never got this adapter to work.

Pros: Great customer service.

Cons: Bad instructions

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Gilbert from Miami, FL on 12/27/2016

2014 Hyundai Tucson
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Read instructions carefully to make the programming easier, did not get all my steering wheel functions but it is a universal adapter

Pros: Fairly easy to setup after reading instructions carefully to understand steps

Cons: Didn't get all my steering wheel functions, most of the common ones did work

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Anonymous from Morganton, NC on 12/27/2016

2008 Honda Element EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installation required cutting wires on factory side of wiring harness. Not going to do that. Product info on website should have stated this. Not going to alter factory wiring. Sending it back.

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Cons: No car specific adapter furnished. Requires cutting into oem harness

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Anonymous from Georgetown, DE on 12/26/2016

2010 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

What should have been a relatively simple process was over complicated by an overwhelming set of instructions. Unit only allows for limited use of original steering wheel buttons. Metra wiring harness sent did not contain the pins necessary for connecting this device. Wires on harness in the dashboard had to be cut to make connections.

Pros: price?

Cons: multiple

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Anonymous from Clearwater, FL on 12/26/2016

2000 Land Rover Discovery
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Work as promised, would be nice to have vehicle specific instructions. On the other hand the staff at Crutchfield is flat our awesome in assisting me. Great team.

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Seemless Integration

Ryan from Hofmann Estates, IL on 12/26/2016

2003 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Instruction are not intuitive, but once set up, works perfectly.

Pros: Maintains use of stock steering wheel controls

Cons: Takes a little time to identify the exact connections that need to be made.

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Anonymous from Houston, TX on 12/19/2016

2006 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Most complicated part of install on 06 G35. Had to contact Crutchfield tech assistance several times to get it right. Mainly due to instructions for unit weren't compatible with instructions that came with adapter.

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Heartbreaking

Clifton from Anchorage, AK on 12/19/2016

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As many others have noted this unit can be a little tricky to program. I first tried to program this unit to operate a Sony receiver in my 2013 Silverado and it would randomly switch what each button would do, i.e. if I were selected the volume up button it would turn the volume up for a period of time and then randomly switch. After calling Crutchfield the advisor suggested there was something wrong with the Sony and sent a new one out. While waiting for the new receiver I realized I wasn't happy with it all around so I canceled that order and got the JVC KW820BT. The unit came in yesterday and I got it in and programmed the PAC SWI-RC. Everything worked and I was so happy. This morning I got in my truck and on my way to work I tried turning down the volume. To my dismay it changed the station. Of course turning up the volume, now turns down the volume. I could not be more disappointed in this product. Now I have to pull my dash apart again and pull this stupid unit out. If you try it I hope it works for you but I could never recommend it.

Pros: You get experience pulling your dashboard apart.

Cons: randomly loses its programming

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Steve from Bourbonnais, IL on 12/2/2016

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It did not work with the radio as advertised, I had a shop try to put it in first and after paying a hefty troubleshooting fee and it still not work. I tried myself and it acts like it works, the led lights up when you press the button but it does not actually do what the button I am pressing is requesting.

Pros: none

Cons: instructions, tech support, over all experience

Crutchfield response on 12/6/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Brian from norwalk oh on 11/28/2016

2000 Buick LeSabre
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

total waste at least one and a half hours trying to get it to work. Finally today i went to my local car stereo place and they put in one that self programs mind you it cost three times as much as this cost but you get what you pay for. it took them 15 min to program

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Cons: dosent work and Over complicated

2014 mustang install

J.D. from Thibodaux, LA on 11/28/2016

2014 Ford Mustang
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works perfectly. Wiring may be a lil much for beginners. Call Crutchfield if you get overwhelmed. A smart man always knows how to say he when doesn't know how.

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Basic interface module

Tony from Waterbury, CT on 11/28/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very basic interface. Limited control of dash mounted radio controls.

Pros: Simple install.

Cons: Only capable of volume control. Not able to use seek/scan/memory functions from dash switches. At list price this would have been a waste for my vehicle.

Crutchfield response on 11/30/2016 Tony, we're sorry you're having issues with your adapter. Please feel free to reach back out to our tech support team. They can help either help get the adapter working the way it should, or possibly return it for an exchange or refund.

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Anonymous from Waterford, MI on 11/15/2016

1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Spent hours trying to get this product to work, eventually I just gave up because it wasn't worth the effort

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Crutchfield response on 11/21/2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to this customer to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Anonymous from San Antonio, TX on 11/11/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This steering wheel control work awesome. Very very happy with it.

Pros: Very easy to install.

Cons: Learning how to program the commands was a little tricky.

Poor instructions

Bob from Elgin, IL on 11/10/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a complicated install! the mfg instructions are not car specific and as a result have multiple pages of notes, pictures,etc. Most is irrelevant to any one cars install. The radio mfg (Jensen) directions conflicted with the mfg instructions on which features would work. The exact series of setup pushes did not work and as a result the answer and hangup buttons act as next channel buttons. The elantra I put in in did not have all the steering wheel buttons and there was no way to skip the missing ones so the device simply coded the buttons to the missing features. The mfg needs to create a web site that prints specific instructions for a specific car. If i had not called Crutchfield's tech support, I would have wired it incorrectly. Yea for Crutchfield support.

Pros: allows some radio control from steering wheel

Cons: Only provides some controls, very poor and poorly written instructions.

Works well for my use

John from Chippewa Falls, WI on 11/3/2016

2006 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This thing comes with lots of documentation and wires so it's a little overwhelming at first. Crutchfield provides a nice one page doc to get you started and directs you to the PAC website for details customized to your vehicle and receiver. It makes it clear which wire(s) to use, what setting to use on the SWI-RC dial, and the programming sequence. I can see where the programming sequence can be frustrating for some, but I read it 3 times through and made notes before doing the work so it went fairly smooth. I only had 4 basic steering wheel buttons to program so it works great for my use. Don't hesitate to call tech support if you're unsure about something. They really are experts and want to help.

Pros: Crutchfield doc and PAC website provide good instructions. Works well for basic 1-funtion buttons.

Cons: Programming can be frustrating if you're not fast enough.

It Works, but that's it.

Charles from Akron, OH on 10/30/2016

2003 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I gave it Three Stars instead of Five because it works. For one, programming can be challenging. I had to call PAC support to walk me through the voltage check for each button on the steering wheel. If you have multi-function buttons, you may want to look further for steering wheel controls. I also did not like the fact that it's not auto-programmable. Make a list of the features you need and the ones you want to skip, learn it before attempting programming as the unit will "time-out" if you take to long, causing you to start all over. I killed the battery in my wife's car trying to program the SWC.

Pros: It works. At least it's better than nothing.

Cons: Difficult to program. Limits buttons to single function.

Good unit

James from Pendleton, OR on 10/26/2016

2007 Dodge Ram 2500
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I had problems with the unit not wanting to map all of the buttons the way that I wanted. Crutchfield tech support helped a lot, but could not solve it. Put me in touch with the PAC people and I got the problem worked out. Crutchfield sent a new SWI to me as they thought it maybe bad. I just had to send it back. Everyone involved in this was great to work with.

Pros: works well, great tech support.

Cons: Instructions are off a little. That is why it would not map for me.

Works for what I need

DJ from Dallas, TX on 10/17/2016

2016 Nissan Versa S
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Works for what I need in my want it for but not fully functional in my Nissan with my Pioneer 2800BS. Unable to program phone buttons due to the HU phone button is not programmable button for the this HU or the car isn't compatible. Not sure which it is. But I did try, when I got it to do 'something' it disabled my track up/down buttons. Turned off car and restarted it and only volume and track seek buttons work, so I'll do without the phone buttons. It's pretty accessible on the HU touch screen anyway.

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Can't use phone buttons and mistakes make you start over.

Does Not Fit Dodge Dakota or Durango

Nate F from Arlington, VA on 10/7/2016

2003 Dodge Dakota

While I am sure this is a great product, the website says it will fit my '03 Dakota, however, the instructions provided say that it is incompatible. if you are looking to use this in a Dakota or Durango, it will not work.

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Excellent Product

Michael from Indian Trail, NC on 9/28/2016

2008 Toyota Camry
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This product is outstanding and easy to install. Highly recommend!

Pros: Easy Install

Cons: Once installed, re-programming is difficult since product is stowed behind head unit!

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Fred S from Lewistown, PA on 9/15/2016

2000 Saab 9-3
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Still hooking up but easy to install so far

Pros: Instruction very clear

Cons:

Steering wheel control

StvnVA from Yorktown VA on 9/7/2016

2007 Lexus RX350
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Easy connect and programming. Follow the instructions and you will be able to maintain all steering controls.

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: Nome

Steering Wheel Controls

Dirtbikedude from Enumclaw, WA on 8/28/2016

2001 Dodge Ram
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Easy way to maintain you steering wheel controls.

Pros: Easy as pie.

Cons: Some extra wires that are not used on my vehicle, looks messy so I cut them off, simple.

Just what my vehicle needed.

D W from New Jersey on 8/23/2016

2002 Mazda MPV
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Used this on my Mazda MPV to connect the JVC head unit with the steering wheel controls. There was a bit of a challenge identifying the correct signal wire on the harness but a call to crutchfield tech support gave me the correct answer. Programming is a bit flaky but got it right on try 2. All the steering controls work as per the original system. 2 thumbs up in integrating this with the JVC unit.

Pros: Cheap price for what it does.

Cons: Programming is a bit complicated. Printed documentation with the system is useless and there is quite a bit of it. Use their website link instead and or call Crutchfield tech support for an accurate answer.

Nice prdouct

James from Canton, OH on 8/18/2016

2016 Chevrolet Sonic
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Works really well installation is time consuming and programming it takes a while

Pros: Works well worth the money

Cons: Would recommend professional installation very time consuming

Basics work, but not perfect

Scott S. from Herndon, VA on 8/16/2016

2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited

The basics of this device work however it has some limitations. I had this installed at Crutchfield store and they got most of the buttons working, but things like the voice command button would not work with my brand new Pioneer head unit which supports voice command/Siri features. The best they could do was make the voice command button work as a "mute" button. Also, this SWC only allows ONE function per button. You can not program it for a "press and hold" second function like the OEM controls. I'm thinking on swapping out this product for something different because of the limitations, however at least he basics work, which many be ok for many people.

Pros: The basic functions work

Cons: Can not program "dual press/press and hold" functions. Voice command button only works as mute.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Wichita, KS on 8/16/2016

2010 Ford F-150 XLT
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Programing the steering wheel controls was quite difficult, but other than that great product

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PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Harrisville, RI on 8/12/2016

2013 Subaru Outback
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Working without any flaws

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Works, but difficult to set up.

Ed from Abilene, TX on 8/12/2016

2010 Honda CRV EX
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Wether set up data for this unit is inaccurate. I was unable to make it work with the info provided, it was not until I read a review on the website that I was able to interface it with my Blaupunkt. The sheet said position 8 but position 7 is correct. Also the instructions said nothing about accessing a menu in the Blaupunkt to get it to work. Works fine, but the info needs to be updated.

Pros: Works

Cons: Supplied instructions are inaccurate.

Works great

Seth from Torrington, CT on 8/10/2016

2007 Pontiac G6
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Works great.... Directions are very confusing. Search you tube and then it's a snap to install and program

Pros: easy to install and program if you look up pac's you tube video

Cons: written directions are confusing

Works as advertised

B Davis from Williamsburg, VA on 8/7/2016

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

This unit was relatively simple to install using the web site which is great because the printed install materials are a disaster. The unit enables all of the steering wheel controls on the '08 Santa Fe so it gets good marks for functionality. It's also a bit twitchy to program - I had to restart the process a few times before it took. In the end though, everything worked.

Pros: Retains steering wheel controls

Cons: Poor install instructions in packaging require user to go to website for working instructions.

Pain in the Rear

Anonymous from Rome, NY on 8/7/2016

2005 Toyota Camry
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Programming this thing is so archaic and frustrating I am sending this back. There should be a wiring harness for this product. instead of cutting and splicing. Troubleshooting guide is all about worthless. There has got to be a better interface on the market and I cant believe this is the product Crutchfield recommends. I got so frustrated programming this thing I wanted to shoot myself.

Pros: There are plenty of online videos that try to explain the crappy directions.

Cons: pain in the to program, feedback from the device leaves a lot to be desired. I wish I could give it zero stars.

It works

First timer from Manchester, NH on 7/28/2016

2005 Toyota Camry
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Great product. Works as advertised.

Pros: Steering wheel controls. Enough said

Cons: It took 8 attempts to properly program. Only 7 seconds to program the device.

Great if you want to experience computer programming from 1976

Richard from Silverton, OR on 7/27/2016

2016 Nissan Frontier SV
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Programming this thing is like stepping back into the dark ages of technology. Having to cycle through commands is silly in 2016. After a couple of days of working with this, I have most of the buttons working. It still likes to randomly reassign commands from your test phase to the actually using it phase with the engine running phase. The "hey Siri," voice activation especially like to randomly move to a different button. I wish the Maestro was more compatible with my Nissan as there are not a lot of options to choose from. The Access is just as cumbersome and wonky as this one. The last dragon to slay is the track adjust button. It works one way and adjusts the volume the other. I love programming by reading blinking lights as much as the next guy but it is a challenge to troubleshoot when the lights are doing what they are supposed to do but the button commands are not. Someone needs to make one of these units that programs like a Harmony remote online.

Pros: It works mostly Not ridiculously expensive Crutchfield discounts on accessory items are great Crutchfield service is exemplary

Cons: Everything else instructions are not user friendly, troubleshooting support on the PAC site stinks Has a mind of its own when it comes to assigning commands Figuring out what commands in the sequence are not understood by your car is a painful process of trial & error that requires you to run through the entire sequence EVERY time.

Crutchfield response on 7/27/2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter working correctly! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Jeep 5.9 LTD

TigerTactical from Madison, MS on 7/19/2016

1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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What can I say. It works as designed. It's simple to install depending on your skill level.

Pros: This went in perfect and now I have all my steering control functions on my new Alpine

Cons: Took a little effort to get the correct install info as to which wire to hookup to.

Stealth install

Brett from Findlay, ohio on 7/18/2016

1993 Dodge Stealth
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The product works well with the stock buttons in the steering wheel and interfaced to the head unit easily.

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: It took a few try's to program the unit to work the way I wanted the buttons to work with the head unit.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Blaine from Hanover, PA on 7/11/2016

2003 Ford Explorer
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This thing works as it should. One thing i wanted to note, when you program it, after you selected your vehicle type, you set it to accept the steering wheel control functions. The instructions say to go in and out of programming mode for each individual function. Thats not how it works. When you enter programming mode, press your steering wheel functions in the order they are listed on the page one time each, the red light flashes in response to each button pressed, until you have gone through all your functions, then exit programming mode as it instructs. Then all your functions should work.

Pros: Works as described.

Cons: Instructions on the programming part were inaccurate.

Meh

Todd from Henderson, NV on 7/5/2016

2008 Toyota Tacoma
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Hard to program, and my functions dont quite work correctly.

Pros: The volume works

Cons: Nothing else does

Crutchfield response on 7/6/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

MrOrange from Los Angeles, CA on 6/20/2016

2008 Honda CRV EX
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I've had this product for a few months now. I like the way it works without failing. It looks hard to install, but the tech support people were very patient and know how to walk amateurs(like me) step by step. I loved the fact that tech support is available on a Saturday!!!!

Pros: Reliable, small enough to fit in a small space

Cons: Looks intimidated to install

No mute option...

Doug from Atlanta, ga on 6/17/2016

2003 Infiniti G35
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Nice to have controls back on the wheel.

Pros: Works on most buttons. There are only so many things that the PAC would do. My car had a mute switch, had to program it to something other than mute.

Cons: Was a pain in the back end, setting it up... wiring is not clear cut as one might believe. Mine had the Red and white wire... this meant i did not need the resistors, very good. I ended up having to take my car to a professional who in a short time had it working, at a cost of 150.00.

Mostly Works

Michael from Dryden, VA on 6/14/2016

2003 Land Rover Discovery
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This product isn't the easiest install, but it isn't impossible. Remember to read over the instructions several times before starting. There is also an online video that really helps to understand the instructions better. I can now control my volume with the steering wheel controls. However, I can't change functions. Also, trying to skip to the next song while listening to music by Bluetooth only skips back to the beginning of the current song. I may try to go back through the programming sequence again to see if it improves anything.

Pros: Gained some of my steering wheel controls back.

Cons: Function control on steering wheel does not work and the skip control does not work as it should.

Unreliable Operation

Ben B from Round Hill, VA on 6/7/2016

2005 Ford Explorer
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This product has given me a lot of trouble. Although the numerous connection wires give the product compatibility with many types of cars, they just complicated the installation process. It was hard to keep track of which wire went where. Once it was hooked up and the connections were double checked, the steering wheel buttons were correctly mapped to the corresponding parameters on my stereo. Often times, however, the steering wheel buttons seem to have no effect. Additionally, each button works or doesn't work independently of each other. For example, sometimes I can use the steering wheel buttons to turn the stereo up but not down because the volume down button is acting up. This effect seems to change with restarts of my car but can also start and stop working spontaneously. Uninstalling the product isn't worth the effort because, without it, the steering wheel buttons would be completely dead rather than not work most of the time.

Pros: Flexible to "work" with different cars

Cons: Button presses often do not register

Do not buy this product

Keyport from Tacoma, WA on 6/6/2016

2013 Kia Soul
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This product is junk. Even at the discounted rate, it has no value to you. On Kenwood Radios with a Kia Soul, it disables half of your steering controls, Halfway works. Crashed my radio 4 times. Took seven programming cycles to get it close to working, then after a while, it would just fail again. I would recommend going with a Maestro product (I use the Maestro RR with my Kia Soul)

Pros: None. Completely worthless product.

Cons: Does not function well. Crashes radio. Does not allow use of all buttons. Does not retain memory. Would return, but Crutchfield's policies prevent it, as installer threw away package. Incomplete documentation from Crutchfield and horrible documentation from MFG results in bad install.

Crutchfield response on 6/7/2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Palisades,NY on 6/6/2016

2014 Subaru Forester
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Didn't work have to returned

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Crutchfield response on 6/7/2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

Steering wheel controls still work!

Bob from Omaha, NE on 6/1/2016

2009 Kia Optima
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This break out box enabled my daughter's Kia steering wheel controls for the after market stereo to continue to work. Only issues is the 350+ step instructions that come with the device and the fact you need to pick out the steps that apply to your specific vehicle. That being said, the company's web-site breaks down the specific steps you need for your specific vehicle. Additionally, it is easier to program with two people. One pushing buttons on the steering wheel and one pushing the "program" button on the device. It took a couple of tries but not the steering wheel controls work great.

Pros: Keeps steering wheel controls in play with after market stereos.

Cons: Directions that come with device are a little confusing. I recommend if you buy this device, use the web-site instructions.

works great

gwm from lakeville,mn on 5/25/2016

2006 Mazda MX5
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works well,easy to install, but a little more difficult to program

Pros: ease of installation

Cons: some what difficult to program

super confusing

Anonymous from Mercer Island, WA on 5/22/2016

2004 Toyota RAV4
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you need a college minor in electrical engineering to figure out how to use this properly

Pros: actually works for the most part

Cons: documentation is way too confusing

Crutchfield response on 5/23/2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Works well.

Anonymous from La Grande, OR on 5/22/2016

2011 Subaru Outback
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Works as advertised. Was helpful to have Crutchfield rep's help on installation.

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: none

Did not work wasn't compatible

Gigs from Albany NY on 5/19/2016

2006 MINI Cooper
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Just wasn't compatible

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Works great, programming no big deal

Kevin from Salem, NH on 5/15/2016

2006 Toyota Camry
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Decided to toss this in the package with the radio I was buying for my kids car since it was so cheap. It looked a lot more daunting to install than it actually was. The only negative I'd give it was that I had to snip off the stock connector and solder on the wires to connect it up. As another reviewer said, definitely go online to their website and generate the directions for your specific car, mine were spot on. The programming was easy once I read it over a couple times, the hardest part was making sure to remember what step you were on for the features since the car I was doing only had 5 (vol +/-, track +/-, and one more button). I remapped the "mode" button on the toyota to instead be the phone answer feature and it worked great.

Pros: Cheap Works well

Cons: Had to cut the stock connector off

Works great, use the online instructions.

AlexK from Lansing, MI on 5/13/2016

2007 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Once installed, this unit is awesome. As a bonus it allowed me to map my own functions to use 2 previously worthless buttons on my wheel for 'play' and 'mute' functions. Don't bother with the printed instructions you get. Go to their website, put in your vehicle info, and CAREFULLY follow the instructions. I did have a couple questions I sent over email to the manufacturer that were answered quickly. If you have questions, ask. Again, carefully follow the order of instructions. Keep in mind you're installing a universal adapter designed to work with a lot of different vehicles. Yes, programming it is tricky. Yes, you'll have to splice into a couple wires. A cheap battery powered soldering iron let me solder in the wires in the car that I couldn't solder before taking my new head unit out to the vehicle. For my Toyota anyway, the splice job was quite easy as it was just into another harness on the back of the stock head unit.

Pros: You can map your buttons however you want. Let me use some extra features on my Kenwood that my wheel didn't originally have buttons for.

Cons: Tricky install if you are not the type to carefully follow directions.

Do NOT purchase this

Anonymous from Clemmons, NC on 5/11/2016

2012 Hyundai Veracruz
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Programming this device to work the steering wheel buttons was a nightmare. The results were incorrect and inconsistent after repeated (25+) attempts following the same format. Only after taking it to a local retailer and a stroke of luck did it set up correctly. The technician I took it to locally tried for over an hour and had given up when it finally set correctly. He said this device was an older one and unreliable. He also had the product technicians on the phone, who were of no help. Save yourself the aggravation and purchase an automated device (they are only a little bit more - but worth it).

Pros: Working for now

Cons: Very difficult and inconsistent to program effectively. Cost a few $$$ less than the new ones but add a lot more money for a professional to wrangle with for 2 hours.

A bit challenging to install and program.

DVDMike from Norcross, GA on 5/10/2016

2005 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The install of this unit is much more difficult than the Kenwood radio I installed at the same time. But if you follow the instructions carefully, it is not overwhelming. I installed it on a 2005 Honda Van with a Kenwood receiver. You have to cut two wires coming out of the honda that go to the honda connector and then splice them to this unit. There are two black wires on this unit which are both black and they both must be connected to two different wires. This was a source of confusion for me. The other source of confusion was where to hook up what wires to which set of Honda cables. Once I was clear on this, the assembly was straightforward but you do have to cut honda wires. The connection to the JVC was straightforward but there were some caps that have three wires connected to them, such as power and ground. If you have never installed a car stereo, this could be a bit confusing as there is nothing in any instructions that specifical says this. I needed help from crutchfield and they happily set me strait. I did call the manufacturer too when I could not get it programmed and they quickly set me straight about the second ground wire connection which solved my issue. Once your wiring is 100%, Programming the unit is fairly simple. Follow the step by step instructions to the letter. There is a 7 second timeout if you are slow on any of the 14? steps that might require you to start over.

Pros: It works with my old Honda.

Cons: Installation at bit advanced. You must program the unit prior to plugging in your radio.

Great Steering Wheel Control

dyant from Seymour, TN on 5/10/2016

2002 Nissan Altima
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Great Steering Wheel Control. Works ok.

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Cons:

Still Struggling With It

Alvin from Houston, TX on 5/10/2016

2003 BMW 5 Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was\is really the nightmare portion of the whole new radio replacement project. I got it installed and got the volume up and volume down to work but even that quit working for me after several tries. I finally took a couple of hours break to calm my frustration. When I went back to the car my battery was dead! I uninstalled the SWI and charged my battery overnight. The car and radio works great without the SWI. I'm going to try it again before my 60 day return deal runs out. I may just have to settle for the remote that came with the radio

Pros: Good concept if I can get it to work.

Cons: Maybe my SWI was defective or something, but I could never get it to properly program.

Gets the job done

BF from Kingston, ON on 5/8/2016

2005 Honda S2000
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Tricky to hook up, but when done, the "steering wheel" controls on my Honda S2000 worked as promised

Pros: Good price, works as promised

Cons: Tricky instructions and hook-up

Didn't work

Matt k from Colorado Springs, CO on 5/3/2016

2012 Chevrolet Malibu
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My volume up won't work on it I tried many times to program it but it didn't work

Pros:

Cons: Didn't work

Crutchfield response on 5/3/2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Ridgeline

Tony R from Henderson, NV on 5/2/2016

2007 Honda Ridgeline
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Works, had to watch an online video to program

Pros: Light compact!

Cons: Touchy

Great product, smooth installation.

FamilyMan from Hudson, NC on 4/26/2016

2004 Mercury Monterey
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Crutchfield treated me well while ordering and needing a little extra help. I followed the instructions (called once and then felt like a dope because the answer to my question was obvious) and it works perfectly. I have six steering wheel button controls and I was able to assign them with any of the available commands. Eventually, I assigned them the factory labeled options because they seemed to be the most useful. I guess Mercury did a little research before designing it. Would definitely recommend this product.

Pros: Great company and great products. Everything works as described and I installed it myself (I'm handy, but no professional).

Cons: None.

Horrible

Brian from Ogden, UT on 4/26/2016

2003 MINI Cooper
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Spend the extra cash and get the Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Pros: none

Cons: wouldn't program. lousy instructions. if you call PAC for tech support on a Saturday, they will only talk to Dealers. Pffft.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Jerry B from San Jose, CA on 4/25/2016

2003 BMW 3 Series
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I never was able to get this to work well. It requires splicing into the factory harness underneath the steering wheel, fishing wires through to the radio, then programing. I got the wireing part done, but the programing is difficult to do, and then I was able to progam was volume change and maybe station preset up. 3 of the 6 buttons on my Dash are not compatible with this unit. The Voice Call, Source selection and the preset Down Button on my BMW 325I factory steering column will not work with this unit. I called the PAC company, and the Tech support guy said that those buttons will not work with this unit, and he suggested another unit. I will be sending this back

Pros: none

Cons: hard to program, limited useage

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Bill from Williamsburg, VA on 4/24/2016

2006 Honda CRV EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product to keep my steering wheel controls

Pros: Easy to install and program

Cons: None

Works perfectly

JC from New Castle, PA on 4/22/2016

2006 Hyundai Azera
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works perfectly. With being used to using the steering wheel controls for the factory head unit, I knew that I would instinctively reach for those controls first. The added cost was well with the convenience of adjusting the volume +\-, muting the volume, or changing the source without taking my eyes off of the road.

Pros: Excellent value; provides convenience and safety while driving.

Cons:

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter Reviews

Jeff S. from New Iberia, LA on 4/21/2016

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed along with the Pioneer AVHZX3800BHS. very easy install,very small& easy to tuck behind head unit.

Pros: Easy install, small size

Cons: Programing took a while without programmer but everything included to find perameters. Couple functions didn't work but no big deal.

Didn't work properly. Programming bad.

Keith from Arvada, CO on 4/18/2016

2005 Pontiac GTO
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After installing this, and programming it, and rechecking that I wired everything correct, not all of the steering wheel buttons worked. And only gave me a few functions. The programming process to set this thing up is long and confusing. I ended up using an interface from a previous install. The Axxess ASWC-1 worked perfectly on multiple vehicles, with the proper harness, and Automatically programs itself to the car and radio.

Pros: Easy wiring, multiple vehicle options

Cons: Has To Be Programmed. Doesn't always work.

It does what it's supposed to

Hunter from Clarksville, TN on 4/8/2016

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
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It works like it was made to, I just wish I didn't have to cut into the factory wiring harness in order for it to work

Pros: You get to keep your steering wheel controls!

Cons: You HAVE to cut into the factory wiring harness for this to work. Lots of other useless wires attached that aren't used aswell.

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Collierville, TN on 4/6/2016

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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Programming this is a pain

Pros:

Cons:

Sweet deal

Ron from Albany, OR on 4/5/2016

2007 Dodge Ram 3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was a little overwhelmed to say the least after I hooked the interface up a reviewed the program directions, kinda difficult but tech support walked me through it and was more than pleased with the results. My truck has steering wheel controls that I never used and with this unit being programable I was able to utilize them for my new HU and phone functions!! Works great!!

Pros: Ability to program any function you want

Cons: A little confusing programming at first

There's got to be a better way

Jeff from Plant City, FL on 4/4/2016

2011 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this unit along with a new Pioneer receiver and wiring adapter, and I think trying to figure out exactly how to install the PAC SWI-RC took me longer than all the rest of the installation process put together. Installation instructions were just terrible; English is obviously not the primary language of whoever wrote them. After finally figuring out what to do (thank to several internet forums, but certainly no thanks to the manufacturer's website), I realized that those instructions could have been made clear with just a little bit of effort. What a shame. The installation itself was not too difficult, but next time I would gladly pay more for a unit with a vehicle-specific harness adapter rather than having to splice into the wires on the vehicle harness. Programming instructions were much clearer (though still not especially well written). Programming for my vehicle was pretty easy, and my steering wheel controls worked perfectly the first time. This is the only reason I'm giving the PAC SWI-RC 2 stars instead of 1.

Pros: It works

Cons: Terrible installation instructions

Crutchfield response on 4/5/2016 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the adapter installed and working! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Difficult install

Connor from Billerica, MA on 4/3/2016

2012 Nissan Sentra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Impossible install three different sets of directions. Decided not to install so nothing gets fried.

Pros: Great idea

Cons: Difficult install

Crutchfield response on 4/5/2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.</